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DDRB: Day of Rest?

DDRB: Day of Rest? ›

29th July 2015 | Categories: Dentists

It’s now official, healthcare services are consumer-led in terms of demand for the ‘service’ element.  I’m a stakeholder in the provision of dental services on several angles: I’m a practitioner, I’m an adviser but I’m also a patient. This gives me a balanced view. The normality of working over the weekends is fast approaching, as…

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GDC: Shooting Season

GDC: Shooting Season ›

23rd July 2015 | Categories: Dentists

This post is not about having ‘a pop’ at anyone or anything.  In fact, it is quite the opposite.  When we observe things that make us uncomfortable or aspects of people that strike the wrong chord, we ought to be wondering what we are seeing in terms of reflections of ourselves.  It’s also the classic…

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To irradiate or not to irradiate?

To irradiate or not to irradiate? ›

15th July 2015 | Categories: Dentists

In another unfortunate and sad case for all concerned, a dentist has been struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC) following a public hearing into allegations of misconduct.  Amongst other charges were these simple but so important failings – Failure to conduct necessary assessments, including: ​Failure to conduct full extraoral and intraoral examinations; Failure to…

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Dental Hygiene: Ancient Artefacts

Dental Hygiene: Ancient Artefacts ›

8th July 2015 | Categories: Dentists

According to the Dental Tribune, an international team of researchers has undertaken a study of plaque from teeth of our ancestors who lived 300,000 to 400,000 years ago.  By analysing the content they found that their eating habits were healthier than we thought.  In particular, we used to eat a lot more healthy vegetables, nuts…

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Dentistry Budgets: Moving the goal posts

Dentistry Budgets: Moving the goal posts ›

2nd July 2015 | Categories: Dentists

I actually remember the time when you could set up practice, register with the local Area Health Authority (who would welcome you with open arms) and just go. Money would come back from the DPB (Dental Practice Board) automatically. OK, I know there were huge holes in this system from the point of view of…

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Well Led? – Part 2

Well Led? – Part 2 ›

24th June 2015 | Categories: Dentists

As CQC now expects us to show evidence of good leadership in our practices, we need to stop and check out what that actually means. Thomas Cronin, author of Thinking About Leadership observes, “Managers do things the right way, while leaders are more concerned with doing the right thing.” By focussing on managing practices and…

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Well Led? – Part 1

Well Led? – Part 1 ›

23rd June 2015 | Categories: Dentists

The new way of looking at things that started in April, as detailed in CQC’s Fundamental Standards, is generally no different to the old way. We still need the same policies, procedures and management. However, less onus on box-ticking and more responsibility for collecting evidence. However, there is one subtle difference in that CQC will…

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Do you want the good news first, or the bad news?

Do you want the good news first, or the bad news? ›

12th June 2015 | Categories: Dentists

The good news! Private practice is more profitable now than previous figures showed. Hit by the recession, independent practitioners are now finding figures adding up better. Thanks to Jenin Khanam of Charles Russell Speechlys for highlighting these figures. The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL) latest bench marking statistics show that there…

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Find a path

Find a path ›

3rd June 2015 | Categories: Dentists

We all need guidance from time to time; it’s so easy to lose our way in busy practice! We treat diseases with multiple causative factors and more than one option for treatment. It’s a deep, dark wood to get lost in, and there are monsters lurking in the shadows. The biggest threat is litigation. That’s…

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Community engagement – get stuck in!

Community engagement – get stuck in! ›

29th May 2015 | Categories: Dentists

News that the Peninsula School of Dentistry dental students have carried out projects which have had real impact in the community is fabulous. They have gotten involved in projects working with primary school pupils, Age UK carers, the homeless and family nurses. With interests as diverse as head and neck cancer to sports people’s sugar…

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